The BBC’s Science Correspondent, Jonathan Amos, recently filed this report under the front page headline on the BBC website: “Pence wants to see ‘Boots on the Moon'”
By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent
US Vice-President Mike Pence has expressed the intention for America to send humans back to the Moon’s surface.
Speaking to the National Space Council, the VP said Earth’s satellite would be a “stepping stone” to the wider exploration of the Solar System.
“We will return astronauts to the Moon – not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and Beyond,” he stated.
The statement drew loud applause.
Mr Pence said something similar when he visited the Kennedy Space Center in July, but he was less specific then about boots on the lunar soil.
It may give stronger hints to the direction of thinking that will be pursued when the Trump White House finally gets its nomination in place for Nasa Administrator.
Representative Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma, is the Trump pick to take the job but has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.